Bedwas No 8 Dan Crimmins on the charge against Cross Keys.
Two second half tries clinched a hard fought 13-8 victory for Cross Keys against Bedwas in a Principality Premiership clash last night.
With just two games remaining Cross Keys have now moved to third place in the points table to edge Llandovery down to fourth spot.
Bedwas took the game to their hosts from the start but could not penetrate a well organised defence. Powell had an opportunity to put Bedwas ahead on six minutes but his penalty hit a post and rebounded to be safely cleared.
Bedwas continued to dominate possession and finally Powell found his range with a 40 metre penalty in front of the posts.
Both sides had opportunities but neither could muster up a telling pass to put a colleague in for a try.
Bedwas No 8 Dan Crimmins was sent to the sin bin after 33 minutes for reckless use of the boot but Keys could not make the extra man count and the interval came with Bedwas holding onto a slender three points to nil advantage.
The second half started much the same as the first had ended with both sides looking for what would be a decisive try. It finally came after 45 minutes when Keys' Elliot Jones ran in, Angus O'Brien missing the conversion although he made amends 11 minutes later when he slotted a penalty after Bedwas were penalised at a scrum.
Keys centre Phil Williams crossed for his side's second try after 61 minutes again unconverted before Bedwas replacement hooker Richard Wilkes broke through two tackles to cross out wide. Powell's conversion attempt sailed wide.
Bedwas upped the ante but opportunities were limited by wrong options or poor execution. The Keys defence held firm and Bedwas had to settle for a losing bonus point.
Bedwas complete their home fixtures for the 2013-2014 season on Easter Saturday when Bridgend Ravens are the visitors, kick off 2-30pm.
Wales and Ospreys back row James King, who came through the North Wales age grade system, nominated North Wales Regional Community Rugby Manager Marc Roberts, in the WRU's 'Diolch' initiative where squad players thanked those who played a part in their rise to the top.
Beating Merthyr has boosted Carmarthen Quins hopes of reaching a top eight spot in the Principality Premiership. Quins captain Haydn Pugh is delighted with his team's progress and is determined that everyone from the Under 6s through to the senior team, enjoys the ride.
When the Wales squad were asked to nominate individuals who played a big part in their early playing days, Wales and Dragons full back and wing Hallam Amos thought of his former Monmouth School rugby coach John Bevan.
Sam Cross and Luke Treharne have been named as co-captains of the Wales Sevens side as head coach Gareth Williams names his 12-man squad to play in the first leg of the HSBC World Series in Dubai next weekend.
Bedwas head coach Steve Law and players Nicky Griffiths and Alun Rees extol the virtues of the close knit club as they prepare to host third place RGC 1404 - who are one place head of them on the Principality Premiership points table - on Saturday.
Many of the Wales squad have said Diolch (thank you) to someone who played an important part in their early playing days by nominating them to be invited to the Wales v South Africa match. One person, Gowerton Comprehensive geography teacher Mr Dean Mason was nominated by two of his former pupils, Dan Biggar and Sam Davies.
The second WRU disability rugby pilot has been delivered, this time in Caerphilly schools, culminating in a festival at the Caerphilly Centre of Sporting Excellence, Ystrad Mynach tomorrow. Plans are in place to set up a Disability Rugby Club in Newbridge to provide long-term playing opportunities.
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